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- From: Peter@ursus.demon.co.uk (Peter Murray-Rust)
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gavin Nicol)
- Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 14:19:40 GMT
In message <199705071303.JAA12106@nathaniel.ebt> email@example.com (Gavin Nicol) writes:
> I would suggest that you application look to see of the PCDATA contains
> only a single \n, and if so, toss it.
Thanks for encouraging me on this. I think it will be such a common
occurrence that it should be in the XML-lang spec. I will raise my
head over the parapet again...
> >Problem 3.
> >This seems to imply that a WF document *produces different output* if it is
> >validated against a DTD. I accept this is true for SGML, but is it also
> >true for XML? If so, I think we shall have an awful problem educating
> Yes. This is why I said we should keep *all* PCDATA; at least application
> will always know what to expect. RE delenda est (David Durand's and my idea)
> also get's around this problem nicely in a slightly different way.
> I am somewhat dissatisfied with this apect of XML, but can live with it.
I think this is true for anyone brought up in the tradition of SGML. It's
much tougher for a webhacker. It's not easy to realise that:
<!-- a comment -->
inserts TWO separate newlines in the parser output from a WF document. It
fooled me. Most people would assume there weren't any.
Peter Murray-Rust, domestic net connection
Virtual School of Molecular Sciences
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